|Mannie, Rita Dominic, Ekene, Joke Silva and Charles O’Tudor
The unveiling of ‘Light in The Dark’, a film by prolific filmmaker, Ekene Som Mekwunye held amidst pomp and pageantry at the Waterside Lounge in Ikoyi. Present at the unveiling were top Nollywood stars including Joke Silva and Rita Dominic. Respected brand expert, Charles O’Tudor and Cool FM OAP, Mannie were also part of the unveiling.
The movie parades top actors like Rita Dominic, Joke Silva, Kalu Ikeagwu, Ngozi Nwosu, Kiki Omeili, Mannie of Cool FM Lagos, among other stars who will playing significant roles in the film that will later become one of the best films shot to discourage domestic violence in the society and how best to integrate the victims back into the society.
According to the producer, Ekene Som Mekwunye, “We are planning to make a film that would show the effects of domestic violence, what it does to women and more importantly, how best victims can handle it. The film also shows a little of the friction in inter-tribal marriages and the way men look at issue in such marriages. This film would be a tool to draw awareness of this scourge to a lot of ladies in Africa and as well as look at how it affects families when it happens to married women”.
“The film is a drama feature film that has a compelling story that would hold the viewers’ spellbound. The story would be accompanied by great acting, which will be delivered by seasoned and known actors that can sell the film as well as a strong cinematic directing. The film would have a good production design that would go with the story with proper post production. We are looking at passing a message yet in a very entertaining way”.
Brand Specialist, Charles O’Tudor described the movie as one the will keep the viewer’s spellbound. He also spoke about several opportunities inherent for brands to take advantage of in the movie. “Films have become a very powerful tool in today’s world and one of the strongest teaching tools too. It is also used as a tool of influence. There are several scenes in this movie that corporate organisations can jump at and communicate with their audience. From bedroom scenes to kitchen, bar, hospitals and lots of others. This is one of the ways brands can communicate effortlessly with their audience”.
The producer, Ekene Som Mekwunye is a multiple award filmmaker with strong interest in Photography and teaching. His short film titled ‘Oblivious’ was awarded the winner of Best Short Film in Africa by one of Africa’s biggest film awards, The African Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2015. It was also nominated for awards at the Africa International Films Festival (AFRIFF), Africa Movies Academy Awards (AMAA), and different film Festival across the world. Another of his film ‘The Encounter’ which is set during the Biafran war on an encounter with Gen. Ojukwu also won best Jury selected film at the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in November 2015 and got a review on the Newsweek magazine in Europe.
Ekene has worked for Mnet on several projects which include 53Extra, Jara and Channel O. He also worked for MTV as Project Coordinator for Shuga 3 before starting his own production company known as Riverside Productions which is responsible for creating shows like My Big Nigerian Wedding and has the rights for Nigeria to biggest Disk Jockey competition in the World, DMC world DJ championship.